Google Earth Flight Simulator Tips

[UPDATE December 2015: New Flight Simulator Tutorial and HD video]

The big news over the weekend was the easter egg Google planted in the Google Earth 4.2 beta: a flight simulator mode (more details here). Here are a few flight simulator tips to make your flying better:

  • Getting started – Look for the menu choice under the Tools menu called Enter Flight Simulator…. Hit the Exit Flight Simuator button, or the ESC key on the keyboard, to leave the simulator mode. There’s also a keyboard shortcut “CTRL-ALT-a” that will start it immediately.

If you’ve entered the flight simulator mode normally, you will see this requester window:

Flight Sim Requester Window in Google Earth

[UPDATE] Here’s a video showing what you can do with the tips found below the video. [UPDATE 2015: New HD video tutorial]

NOTE: The first video clip is flying the SR22 – a slower plane. You won’t be able to take off with the F-16 until you are going much faster (about 300).
Keep reading for more tips:

  • Tips for beginners – You should first read the Help on the startup window, or simply go to this web page to learn the controls for flying.
    1. Start up the flight simulator as described above. I recommend you choose the SR-22 plane to start (it is a much slower plane than the F-16, and will help you learn the controls). Choose any airport, or just the default “Katmandu”. If you don’t have a joystick, you can’t select one. Next hit Start flight.
    2. You will see the HUD (Head Up Display) in green (click here for a guide to the HUD indicators). Make your window dimension roughly square (otherwise you may not see all of the HUD display elements).
    3. To get started, hold down the Page Up key briefly (this will add power to your plane). The throttle indicator is on the lower left (triangle should be at the top for full throttle).
    4. To control your direction on the ground, use the comma and period keys on your keyboard to apply left and right brakes. Just touch them briefly to change direction left and right.
    5. Important tip – mouse control – it’s best to use the mouse to control the plane (unless you have a joy stick). I wouldn’t bother with trying to fly with the keyboard. Simply click the mouse once in the center of the view and you should see your cursor change to a “+” sign. Don’t move your cursor outside the window or you will lose control! The mouse will only control your plane in the air, and if the cursor is inside the Google Earth window.
    6. Taking off – Once your plane is going faster down the runway, try moving the mouse back slightly from center. If you’re going fast enough you should take off. Remember: just make small motions with the mouse close to the center of the screen. Once you have the wings level, put the mouse in the center. A lot of first time fliers have a tendency to over correct.
    7. To make a turn – move the mouse slightly to the right or left and when your plane is tilted, pull back slightly. When you’ve made the turn you want, push the mouse back to the center then the other direction to tilt the plane back to level.
    8. Pausing – If you want to stop for a moment, simply hit the SPACE key on the keyboard and it will pause the simulator. Hit SPACE again to resume. You can look around with the CTRL and arrow keys. Re-center your view with the V key.
    9. 3D Buildings – [UPDATED 2015] Turn on the 3D Buildings layer before you start the simulator to see the 3D city data.
    10. Start higher – Position your view in Google Earth in the normal mode so you are at least 30,000 feet above ground. Tilt your view so you are looking at the horizon. Then restart the flight simulator mode (use Tools->Enter Flight Simulator…, or the keyboard shortcut CTRL-ALT-A) so you can choose what plane to use, and other options. Choose Select your start position->Current view in the window, and then choose Start flight. You should add power by hitting the Page Up key after starting it up. Now you can practice flying a while before you hit the ground!
    11. Landing – it is possible to land the plane. But, I’ll leave that for advanced tutorials.

Get out there and try flying around! You’ll be amazed to find out how smooth Google Earth can be for exploring the world. I recommend you try areas like the Swiss Alps, the Rocky Mountains of the US, or the New Zealand mountains for some really nice terrain. All of these areas have high resolution terrain available in Google Earth. Don’t forget you can also buy a SpaceNavigator 3D mouse for even better viewing control in Google Earth. The skies are always clear in Google Earth – have fun!

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.

PLEASE NOTE: Google Earth Blog is no longer writing regular posts. As a result, we are not accepting new comments or questions about Google Earth. If you have a question, use the official Google Earth and Maps Forums or the Google Earth Community Forums.


  1. I like this flight simulator feature.

  2. ChuckYeager says

    Not ‘arf, it’s super! I followed the advice and switched from keyboard to mouse and yes, once I’d got used to it it’s much easier! As you say the key is to keep movement to a minimum, stay as close to the plane icon as possible with the crosshairs. And the trick when turning is as you finish, gradually move the mouse back to the centre instead of lurching over, otherwise you’ll induce troublesome roll.
    With the mouse I was able to complete my first full flight, takeoff and landing from Manchester to Liverpool. Sadly I missed the runway by about 100m but it was the first time I didn’t bounce 🙂
    Coupla tips:
    * The look around feature works even in pause mode, so there’s no need to take your hand off the stick to admire the view. Just be careful to remember your original orientation as it’s easy to lose the HUD! (More reason to pause)
    * Place pushpins at each end of a runway if you want a realistic landing, they make it easy to pick out the direction even when the images haven’t loaded. Also switch on other points of interest so you can gauge where you are (soon I’ll be printing out maps of the UK and plotting flight plans! I was wondering how GE could get better, now I know)

  3. I tried to use it with a joystick that works fine for Microsoft flight simulator, but the functions for rudder and engine power seem to be swapped. I’m getting tired of constantly twisting the joystick. What now?

    • how do you land the aircraft

      • Paul Moskowitz says

        Landing is the most fun and the culmination of a great flight… line up with the runway about 10 miles out, slow down and put the flaps and gear down… aim for the runway at about 3 degrees decent… then when you touch down, use the period and comma keys for the brakes… HAVE FUN!!!

  4. hello evryone, some people have trouble starting flight simulator in google earth, on my computer, on the right side of the spacebar, there are three buttons, Alt, something that looks like a thingie, and Ctrl. the combination that worked for me is Ctrl-thingie-A
    good luck and enjoy..:)

  5. Hello mates and hi folks, I too cannot start the FS with the combination of keys. I tried banzano’s tip which regretfully didn’t help. I have a french keyboard. Does anybody have a clue? Thanks.

  6. does anyone know how to fix the Rudder/Throttle swap thing with joysticks? Thanks

  7. ChuckYeager says

    @Leo – have you tried setting to English US keyboard in Control Panel? French keyboard = AZERTY so you may need to press the key below your A key, which is where A is on an English keyboard (first left, middle row). Once the mode is enabled it appears in Tools menu and you won’t need to change KB again.
    Those looking to redefine joystick controls – investigate the ini files in C:\Program Files\Google\Google Earth\res\flightsim\controller
    it appears you might be able to change them round but it will take some experimentation. The inis are well commented so it shouldn’t be too hard.

  8. Guinnessguy says

    ” Place pushpins at each end of a runway if you want a realistic landing, they make it easy to pick out the direction even when the images haven’t loaded.”
    Great idea. I thought of that myself but with a little icing on the cake. Under properties for your pushpin, click on the altitude tab and enter something like 1000m(relative to ground) or so at each end of the runway. And to make things even better, name the marker to whatever azimith that end of the runway is pointed to help line up your approach. And for betting visibility, check the box marked, ‘extend to ground’. My biggest problem with this program is finding the airports. By doing the above, it’s now much much easier.

  9. I’m a UK user, i tried to open it using Ctrl-Alt-A, I read on this site that that doesnt work for UK computers. If i press Ctrl-A should that work?

  10. Jeff Schallenberg says

    I am hoping someone will find out how to get this simulator to work correctly with my Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback 2 joystick. As it is, the sim seems to be using the “generic.ini” definitions found in Program Files\Google\Google Earth\res\flightsim\controller. The throttle on the stick causes rudder (yaw) in the sim. It should be straightforward to create a custom .ini file for the Sidewinder? Comments?
    – Jeff Schallenberg
    Saint Lambert, Quebec

  11. Oh, sweet. It DOES work in Linux. =)

  12. Paddy Garcia says

    I’ve kinda got the hang of it with the SR22 and would like to try the F16 but can’t figure out how to switch. Any ideas?

  13. How can I reload the configuration file withput restarting GE? Is it possibile?
    And how can I know if my .ini file has been selected by the simulator???

  14. Hi luca, according to Google you can reload the config files this way:
    Ctrl+Alt+Shift+R will reload the *aircraft* and *planet* config file on the fly.

  15. Wow! Google rules again. It was really great to discover it works in Linux as well as in Windows.
    Now I only have to learn how to stop hitting the ground… 😉

  16. Just to complement the swapped rudder/thrust joystick control question:
    Load this file in notepad: “…\Google\Google earth\res\flightsim\controller\generic.ini”
    In the “axes” section, swap A2 and A3 so that the lines 57 and 58 look like this:
    A3 set(DP_0, -0.5, 0.5)
    A2 set(DR, 1.0, 0.0)
    Adding custom button functions is quite straightforward. Buttons are called B0, B1,… Experiment to find which button is where on your joystick. E.g.:
    button_press = [
    % gear up
    B1 set(DG, 0)
    % gear down
    B0 set(DG, 1)

  17. If you want to add you preferred airport to the selection list, add a line like this in the flightsim.ini file in section takeoff_locations:
    ‘LFNM’ ‘Nice’ ’04R’ 43.646877 7.202800 45.00
    ‘LFMN’ – 4-letter ICAO code (can be anything)
    ‘Nice’ – city name (can be anything)
    ’04R’ – runway name (here: right runway in 40deg heading)
    lat/lon: – easy to get if you put a placemark on the start position. Copy/paste lat/lon values from the placemark dialog box (set GE to decimal degrees in Tools/Options/3D View)
    45.00 – runway heading (and aircraft orientation). Zoom on the runway and turn the image in GE until the runway is parallel to the side of the screen. Select ‘Add Path’, go to ‘View’ tab and select ‘Snapshot’. Copy/paste the heading.
    That’s it…

  18. Another hint: If you messed up your view (i.e. rotated the viewpoint until the HUD disappeared) you can recenter it easily by pressing ‘V’ (misses from the flight simulator help file).

  19. I’ve had my Logitech Extreme 3d Pro working fine the first time I tried the flight simulator, but no I can’t seem to control anything with it. It works fine with all other software and it’s recognized correctly when I start the flight simulator. I even reinstalled GE…same result.
    Any ideas why the joystick is recognized but won’t let me control anything?
    Any help greatly appreciated!

  20. Hi Martin,
    Yes, I have seen that too. It seems to be a minor bug (or rather a hiccup) of GE.
    Try this: Launch GE with the joystick plugged. Enter the flight simulator using the key combination (Alt+Ctrl+A or Alt+Windows+A). The joystick should work now. Then exit the FS (Esc) if needed and re-enter using the menu (Tools->Flight Simulator). For me that works.
    Let me know if this also solves your problem. If yes, I can file a 4.2beta bug report in the GE group.

  21. Jeff Schallenberg says

    I have the same experience as Martin 🙁
    I had edited the controller .ini file to correct the throttle and rudder axes, and it worked fine on Saturday. But since Sunday, the simulator does not respond to my joystick (Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback 2)m nor to the mouse. Only the keyboard controls work anymore.
    Anybody else experiencing this?
    – Jeff

  22. Hi Jeff,
    Strange. Just a shot in the dark: Do you use a USB mouse and/or other USB devices? Try to disconnect all devices and reconnect only the joystick prior to launching GE.
    For the mouse as control device: I believe you know that you need a cross-shaped cursor for the mouse controls to work. If you got a pointer-shaped one, click left once. (Sorry, if this is obvious but just to make sure…)

  23. Norbert,
    unfortunately your suggestion didn’t work. No matter what I can’t get the joystick to work. The only other USB devices are the mouse/keyboard and I even tried to unplug those….no change.
    Any other ideas?

  24. I just flew through the Grand Canyon. Very cool.

  25. Robert Ragan says

    The flightsim is great. I have a coment is it posible to see your aircraft? Can this be linked to FSX of aircraft and Panels?

  26. douglas moncrieff says

    Like some other people i’m having the same problem with my joystick not being recognised now . Its a Cyborg 3D Rumble force. So suggest there is a fault and it should be reported back to Google earth team – how do we do this ?

  27. To report GE 4.2beta problems, go to Google Groups: Google Earth Help
    Add a comment to the post “Found a bug (especially in 4.2)? Let us know!”. Be sure to read the original post as you need to include some essential info to the message to help the Google guys.
    A last thing to try: Switch between DirectX and OpenGL (Tools->Options, Graphics Mode) and restart GE. DirectX offers joystick support whereas OpenGL does not. If GE uses DirectX for input devices, this might help but I would not bet on it. However, might be worth a try before giving up.

  28. where is the advanced tutorial? i wanna know how to correctly land!

    • F16: slow to 200kts, full flaps, gear down, keep -5 attitude line on near end of runway – then use SSI _|_ near to far end to flare, Power off when 500′ above ground level on approach. landing speed <190
      SR-22: slow to 90kts, follow above.

  29. Landing, I Just done it for the 1st time.
    level off at about 1000 ft and drop gear’s so you dont forget.
    decrease speed all the way down to the bottom and flaps up 20% slowly drop below 1000ft and as you do watch the speed (LHS) once you hit 300 or less bring flaps up more steadying out as you go.
    300ft 100% flaps and still slowly drop. press . and , at the same time to put on brakes on. point a bit down and level off the speed means you will drop .
    once you hit the ground ( and you will know because of bounce) just keep holding brakes and you will stop.
    HTH (sorry its a bit poor.)
    1 question to open i had to do ctrl + windows key + a but i want to change my plane and nothing on the net tells me how to . any ideas?

  30. Watson Waterstone says

    How do I move the plane forward?

  31. Brittany Balcom says

    I can’t get the plane to move on the runway. My page up button is the same as my up arrow button. What do I do?

  32. This is ace!
    Only small point of logic that might be fixed via the ini files. If, in mouse mode, I pull back to raise the nose, I would expect the white cross (as a stick position indicator) to rise, not fall. Can this value be reversed locally in an ini file?

  33. 4:Brittany Balcom
    it’s easy!
    You must change two letters in 2 files
    in directory
    C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleEarth\res\flightsim\keyboard
    are 2 files generic.ini(F-16) and sr22.ini
    For resolving your problem you must find and overwrite
    string ‘9’ -> A -key A throttle up for you
    string ‘3’ -> Z -key Z throttle down for you

  34. I’ve also had the joystick stop working altogether, even though it works in other programs and the Ctrl-Alt-A screen says “joystick enabled”. It came back for me via checking Tools/Options/Navigation/Enable Controller.
    Now on to the throttle and rudder reversal problem: editing my controller generic.ini file to reverse the A2 and A3 axes doesn’t change a thing. I even tried commenting out all the A0 > A3 lines and the joystick still works the same. It is being referenced in the flightsim.ini file, and if I try deleting the A0 > A3 lines the program gripes about a misconfigured file – and then the joystick works the same as usual anyway! Anyone have a notion on this one?

  35. Hi Steve,
    You do not have by chance a joystick which is one of the preconfigured ones? As far as I see, GE tries to identify the joystick by reading the ID string and matching it against all controller id’s found in the controller\*.ini files in lines like this:
    Controller(‘*Logitech*Force*3D*’, 12, 12, 4, 4)
    So I suppose your simply need to find the right .ini file for your joystick.

  36. Chuck Bodeen says

    I have a Saitek X52 stick and throttle. I also have Saitek pedals.
    I could not get the stick to work in GE FS until I disconnected the pedals. Now it works just fine (I think)

  37. a good way too land,
    line up with the place you want to land and fly down at about -10%, press page down to lower your throttle to zero (it’s the lower left line) and raise flaps to 100 and lower your gears, then slowly go down and go horizontal when at the bottom, then just wait till the speed goes to zero

  38. Norbert Sept 24 re my controller question of Sept 19:
    – I’m using a Thrustmaster Top Gun Fox 2 Pro (!?) USB joystick. Doesn’t seem to be a match for any of the preconfigured .ini files.
    – BTW, should the Ctrl-Alt-R trick also reload the controller files on the fly, besides the already-mentioned *planet* and *aircraft* files?
    – This is a great start on what I hope becomes a more configurable simulator. For starters, how about a blimp and an external input for the throttle from a stationary bike’s wattmeter – then you can bicycle around up in the sky!

  39. I love Flight Simulator! My altitude is very high and I could change the flight into day and night. I could change into window view. SR22 is my little favorite because it has no gears. F16 has. I could take-off but not really landing. For landing I just opened my gear then full flaps then I land safely sometimes. But there’s one problem. My gear even it was open then straight off to the runway,why does it crash? Maybe because the gear broke it self.

  40. I’ve got the MS Sidewinder precision 2 joystick and had the rudder and throttle transposed. I solved it by labelling the controller folder as “Original Controller” and opening a new “controller” folder. I then dragged the generic.ini file into the new folder and then edited it in “wordpad” as suggested by ‘serge’ above to read:
    A3 set(DP_0, -0.5, 0.5)
    A2 set(DR, 1.0, 0.0)
    I saved it restarted Google earth.
    Restared flight sim with “Ctrl+Windows Start+A”
    It worked
    Now to figure out the buttons!

  41. Allen Robnett says

    The way that GE sim uses its .ini file appears to be extremely squirrely. A modified .ini file may or may not be in control. Even the Remove software facility does not work correctly. It was necessary to go through the chain of folders, deleting them one at a time, even after using the Control Panel “Add/Remove software” facility in Windows XP. Originally the flaps button worked fine. Now that I have reloaded GE, the rudder axes works according to the ini assignment, but the flaps function one time and then quit. I think I’ll wait until they get some of the horrendous bugs ironed out.

  42. Hi. I have just opened the simulator for the first time. I have the screen properly prepared (I think), press the page up key — but nothing happens! PS I have Mac OSX running…… Any suggestions gratefully received. PS 2 I am based in France.

  43. Bill Lindeman says

    Having used GE to look for Fossett and MTurk, I was wondering if there was a way to combine a view of flying slowly across the landscape (nape of the earth) (like a bird, condor, blimp) and looking down (70-90 degree angle) search for Fossett, hunting, exploring?
    The flight mode seems to force a logical view based on the horizon and cruising along with what seems fine control of speed forward and back (though actual ground /air speed seems missing)
    but the non-flightsim, allows the ground view but a harder to finely control the ground movement with a mouse, always hands on.

  44. I have a playstation pad plugged into a usb adaptor and the controls work fine with the left and right analog sticks.
    try that if you’re having problems

  45. i can’t move my plane on the runway i’ve tried everything what do i do?

  46. miles gibbons says

    I easily opened the flight simulator in google earth and chose the easy plane, but when it’s open i cant get the plane to move. i can move the throttle arrow up and down and the rudder ect.. but i cant get it moving. What am I doing wrong (btw: i’m using a macbook’s keyboard, this may be the problem) Any suggestions PLEASE!!!

  47. on my flight mulator i cant seem to see the building like on ur tutorial video
    any help?

  48. Quoted by ej_world above:”I love Flight Simulator! My altitude is very high and I could change the flight into day and night.”
    Night? There’s night in Google Earth??? Certianly he does not mean “City Lights” as I tried to use the Simulator with that Layer activated yet it does not work. If there is a “night feature” I would like to know how to activate it. Thanks!

  49. I too am experiencing trouble having GE function with my MS Sidewinder joystick. For what it’s worth, it does work on my desktop, (XP Pro) but not on my laptop (XP Home). I have confirmed on the laptop that the joystick is recognised by the computer; I calibrated it, and all the functions work during calibration. So, what does this mean? I dunno!

  50. …it appears that the joystick function is either an intermittent function, or there is something causing GE to recognize the joystick or not based on something I’ve (we’ve) yet to identify.
    My laptop just recognized it, then on the next run, did not. When starting, if the “joystick” box is checked in GE, then it means that GE knows there is a joystick attached to the computer, or that the device manager has at one point installed a joystick. But what determines whether the joystick functions or not is yet to be discovered by many of us.
    None of which makes GE any less spectacular! I may never have to leave my house again; Wow!

  51. You can simulate the night mode by turning off the atmosphere shading (VIEW>ATMOSPHERE). All works fine for me with a CH Products Flightstick Pro but … every time after a minute or so the programme crashes, freezes and I have to close it down and start again. Anyone had the same problem and found a solution?

    • same problem with CH Products Flight yoke and Rudder Pedals. CH Products told me to turn off Tools\Options\Navigation|Non-mouse Controller\Enable Controller, but the program doesn’t recognized the pedals. If I reenable the controller, the earth spins and the controllers still don’t work.

  52. For those that don’t remember. The keyboard controls are the same as the old Microsoft DOS based Flight Sim 2 and 3. This is like a flash back to 1992, but with much better graphics.

  53. I can´t move my plane on the runway,what I do?
    Please help me!

  54. i’ve been playing around with this and i seem to be having trouble
    the start of the simulation is fine but when i hit about 6000 or turn too fast my computer crashes or freezes. what should i do

  55. What’s everyone’s top speed with the F16? I’m currently flying over Kent in the UK at about 1130.

  56. Does anybody know anymore commands for custom buttons for controllers? Iv moded a couple and moded the speed and all. also does anyone know how to change the default maximum altitude for staring in the air, i cant seem to find it anywhere. my top speed now for the f16 is like 17000 lol.

  57. Did you know that you can take of and “land” on water with the SR22? fantastic:an hydroplane that you can stop on water by breaking. By the way,for those who still having joystic problems try to activate it in the tools,options,navigation. it worked for my logitech extr 3D.

  58. Frank Sharlock says

    I have one suggestion and one Question if I may.
    Suggestion – Would it be possible to add the present Lat/Long to the HUD display of the Flight Simulator? So that the runway could be lined up on the Approach Glide Slope?
    Question – I am designing with SketchUp an assist for the Approach Glide Slope. It is a copy of VASI (Visual Approach Slope Indecator).
    If the airoplane is on the correct 3% approach slope, a red and white indecator will be seen at the beginning of the runway. If the approach is too high, two white indecators will be seen. If the appoach is too low, two red indecators will be seen. The indecators will be seen up to five miles.
    My question is – As I am hoping to put this forward to the Warehouse, would it be legal to copy VASI?
    Hope to hear from you in the near future.
    Yours truly
    Frank Sharlock

  59. For those ho have the sim freeze after a short while, I had the same problem, and I solved it by reducing the memory cache size in Tools/options/cache.
    I had 1000, took it down to 600, and all seems fine now.

  60. I am using a Saitek X52, and have successfully remapped the keys to get the brakes on the trigger of the main stick.
    By default the main hat switch is used by the instruction
    P0 set(HAngle, 1.0, 0.0)
    But this only uses the left and right part of the Hat switch to look right and left.
    II have not found a way to use the vertical part of the main hat switch to look up and down.
    By default the up and down are mapped on the other hat switch (upperleft on the stick). I
    reprogrammed this one to look around (up down right left) without coming back to zero.
    But I am still interested if someone has figured a way to add the vertical view on the main hat switch.
    If anyone is interested I will post the content of the ini file.

  61. I’ve worked out a cool way to figure out where you are when flying long distance/over featureless terrain. Simply read off the location co-ordinates in the bottom left of your flight sim window (point to the ground a little ahead of your flight path) then retype them into in a browser window – hey presto – an accurate reading of where the heck you are! You don’t even need to enter the ‘degrees’ icon, simply type, for example 50 22′ 34 18′. w00t!

  62. If you get lost flying in GE, try Ctl-L. Voila, Lat/Long right on the ground.

  63. Bnetter Cool says

    I took off in a f16 at 220 mph. I quickly maximized thrust and pulled back hard. If you can take off earlier please tell me.

  64. Bnetter Cool says

    I think the most recent additions to the message board should be on the top.

  65. David Kelsey says

    I think I’ll wait till you get it working!! My joystick doesn’t work, and the aircraft turns left by itself at an ever increasing angle until it either crashes or stalls and crashes. The scene plays for a few seconds, then stops for s few seconds and so on.

  66. In reference to adding an airport (see pasted message below)in case anyone tries to edit the .ini files in notepad I needed to use edit plus ( -free trial) or another script editor instead and then tell the editor to save it as a unix file. in edit plus this is an option under the documents toolbar heading. Otherwise, if saved in ANSI it is not read in correctly (probably due to how it is delimited). Not sure if other file types will work. also if it helps the path to the file is C:\Program Files\Google\Google Earth\res\flightsim at least if use the default location for GE as i did.
    Original message: If you want to add you preferred airport to the selection list, add a line like this in the flightsim.ini file in section takeoff_locations:
    ‘LFNM’ ‘Nice’ ’04R’ 43.646877 7.202800 45.00
    ‘LFMN’ – 4-letter ICAO code (can be anything)
    ‘Nice’ – city name (can be anything)
    ’04R’ – runway name (here: right runway in 40deg heading)
    lat/lon: – easy to get if you put a placemark on the start position. Copy/paste lat/lon values from the placemark dialog box (set GE to decimal degrees in Tools/Options/3D View)
    45.00 – runway heading (and aircraft orientation). Zoom on the runway and turn the image in GE until the runway is parallel to the side of the screen. Select ‘Add Path’, go to ‘View’ tab and select ‘Snapshot’. Copy/paste the heading.

  67. hello i have a mac i cant get anymore throttle and cannot take off.
    how do i fix that ive tried using the page^ button.

  68. Uhh, how do you make the plane take off on a Mac laptop?? No one seems to have the answer to this. Fn + the up arrow doesn’t work.

  69. Seems GE Flight Simulator supports only USB controllers/joysticks ?
    I have a Parallel Port Joystick, and there seems to be no way to get it working, although Windows recognizes it correctly and GE also “knows” the Controller, but there is no reaction by any movement on the controller.
    It’s especially sad, as this is a “real” remote control for steering RC models, connected and configured as a “Virtual Joystick”

  70. Guess what? it’s great because i did alot of barrel rolls over the ocean then crashed. i wonder what the joystick is like?

  71. Hello,
    GE is the best thing going in virtual reality! I really enjoy exploring the Earth with all of that eye candy. The problem that I am having is that I have an old Gravis Blackhawk 4 button analog joystick and would really like to use it with GE without having to go out and purchase more peripherials. It is able to run other flight simulators but does not work with GE 🙁 I do not want to have to dig through files and generate lines of code for this problem… is there an easy remidy for this?
    Thank you very much for your advice.

  72. the throttle is full…but my plane isn’t moving?! Help?

  73. Gerald Ruttle says

    Hi, F.S. appeared in my Google Earth Window. The F.S. works but when I have finished I cannot exit the F.S.
    please help

  74. Alexander says

    Whenever I put out the flaps, it says “FL PS” instead of “FLAPS”. Whenever I go into a stall, it says “ST LL” instead of “STALL”. It didn’t always do this. Also, the button in the top right says “E it flight simulatior” instead of “Exit flight simulatior”. With the fast plane, it won’t tell me if the landing gear is out anymore. What do I do?

  75. Hi,
    isn´t there any cool developer on the world who could design an addon for GE-Flightsim to have a real aircraft panel and also some sound, like we have it in FS9 or in FSX by Micrsosoft?
    Or alternatively, using the GE Flightsim as a scenery (permanent) in FS9 or FSX?
    That would be great….dreaming…:-)

  76. Robert Cravens says

    I have been using GE Flight for a few months (broke my foot..spent hours flying). I have a Saitek AV8R joystick which worked great until today. For some reason the program won’t recognize when I enable the joystick and I receive a message stating “google earth has stopped working”. I tried to enable my controller in the options menu and get the same message. The program works fine without the joystick and the joystick works fine with MS Simulator. Any advice??

  77. Allen Robnett says

    It is absolutely amazing that no one at Google has fixed the problems with the controller ini. This product has such terrific potential but has existed for a long time now in a terrifically frustrating state.

  78. When I use my Saitek AV8R and enter the flight simulator with joystick enabled, Google Earth crashes (“Google Earth has encountered a problem and needs to close.”) Any ideas?

  79. Pilot Bahb says

    My thanks to the developers of G/E Flight Simulator. It works perfectly! I am using the mouse as the stick. The simulator performs exactly as one would expect an aircraft to perform. Never piloting an F16, the SR22 flys beautifully. The FAA publishes a great book on the basics of how to fly a generic aircraft. Cirrus publishes an SR22 manual on line. follow the V-speeds for the best performance.

  80. If only the planes could accelerate even while climbing or on level flight. But it’s great anyhow. I managed to take a 1hr flight from Manila to HongKong with a perfect landing.

  81. Pilot Bahb says

    Suggestion for landing the Cirrus SR22 in Google Earth’s Flight Simulator.
    Using a bit of VFR and IFR flying you can easily land the SR22 on a specific runway.
    Using the map part of GE, mark your airports with a Placemark at the centre and off to the side of the main runway.
    (Airport Name, (ICAO), Lo RW HDG-High RW HDG, & Runway Elevation)
    Example: “Cork (EICK) 17-35 EL 502”
    Initially, fly toward the Placemark.
    As you pass over the airport you’ll know the runway directions and elevation.
    Fly over the airport maintaining 2000 feet Above Ground Level (AGL) (at Cork, that’s 2500 feet) at ¾ throttle( ~145 MPH) and pick your runway. Selecting RW17 to land on, subtract 30 degrees from the opposite end’s heading (35-3) and fly a heading of 320 for one (1) minute dropping to 1500 feet on the way. Then execute a 2 minute turn to the right. Lining up the horizon with the upper edge of the double up arrow point in the centre of the HUD will get you a 2 minute turn. 210 degrees later you should be lined up with runway 17 at 1000 feet AGL. Kill the throttle and hold the nose up until you drop to 90MPH. Glide to the runway using flaps as needed.
    • Vso (stall, dirty): 59 kias (109 km/h) (with flaps)
    • Vs (stall, clean): 70 kias (130 km/h) (without flaps)
    With practice you will conquer the hardest part of flying. You can alternately add 30 degrees to the heading and execute a left turn and get the same result.

  82. Larry Brewer says

    I just accidentally found the coolest tool for flight sim. If you create a route in Street Atlas and export as a gpx, when you open it in GE it is useless as a automobile route because it just puts a straight line from point to point in GE. But, this straight line is a perfect flight path for flight sim to use from airport to airport.

  83. Ben Leach says

    To practise landings, it’s useful to have a set starting point. I’ve set up a couple of points at appropriate distances from Heathrow and Paris to start a landing approach and added these to my airport list (see Norbert’s post of 10 September 2007 – extract below).
    The simulator places you on the ground, and then you can press G to retract the landing gear (it only works with the F16) and crash. You then get the option to resume the flight at 5000 feet, which is a good starting altitude. It might take a bit of experimenting to find a good starting point. The line I’ve put in the flightsim.ini file for Heathrow is
    ‘EGLL’ ‘London Practice’ ’27R’ 51.481415 -0.126235 -92.00
    Copy of the post on selecting airports: If you want to add you preferred airport to the selection list, add a line like this in the flightsim.ini file in section takeoff_locations:
    ‘LFNM’ ‘Nice’ ’04R’ 43.646877 7.202800 45.00
    ‘LFMN’ – 4-letter ICAO code (can be anything)
    ‘Nice’ – city name (can be anything)
    ’04R’ – runway name (here: right runway in 40deg heading)
    lat/lon: – easy to get if you put a placemark on the start position. Copy/paste lat/lon values from the placemark dialog box (set GE to decimal degrees in Tools/Options/3D View)
    45.00 – runway heading (and aircraft orientation). Zoom on the runway and turn the image in GE until the runway is parallel to the side of the screen. Select ‘Add Path’, go to ‘View’ tab and select ‘Snapshot’. Copy/paste the heading.

  84. To land I always make sure that my front wheels (Triangle) are slightly above ZERO, and my back wheels (_|_} are slightly below ZERO. Also, if you want to only slightly turn on the keyboard, on the Number Pad, 0 and Enter (Left and Right) are slight turning methods.

  85. for the F16 or 22 raptor, how do you start the afterburner?

  86. HI,
    Everything works fine on mine, but I have NO heading indicator at all, so keep getting lost etc…
    Any ideas anyone?

  87. @Nikk: make sure your GE window is close to square (1:1 ratio). Otherwise the heading indicator at the top gets cut off if the window is too wide compared to its height.

  88. I have the Saitek AV8R-01 joystick and have exactly the same problem that Joe reported on May 3, 2008. GE wants to shut down when I try to use it. Soon as I select my plane and airport it says “GE has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry.”
    Did Joe or anyone else find a solution to this problem?

  89. can any one tell me how to land the plane i dont no how

  90. I have the same joystick as Joe and Henry,and the same problem. Has anyone come up with a way to make it work?

  91. HINT:
    when learning to land….start out at the salt flats in Utah.

  92. why has no on answered people’s question about the macbooks?
    you keep ignoring everyone! must i type in caps to get anyone to pay attention?
    i can control it ok in the air, but when i select to start from an airport, i can’t move
    i can get the right throttle arrow to move up, but the left arrow won’t budge.
    i’ve tried everything, and the up arrow doesn’t do anything
    thank you for reading my post and *cough* answering it 😛

  93. I cannot seem to get the F-16 in a landing configuration. It’s a hot aircraft-I don’t seem to be able to get ahead of it. I am a licensed pilot with 250 hours in light aircraft so I do know what I’m doing. I try to set up a ways out and drag it in with power as getting the Vref speed targeted is tough. From what I understand it’s supposed to be between 120-160 kts across the fence. I always end up high, hot and then trying to kill altitude. I go from 50 to 80 to full flaps and seem to be bleeding off the altitude and airspeed nicely but invariably at some point it goes wrong. Pitch stability and speed control seem very sensitive, even in landing. Anyone got experience landing the F-16?

  94. To start off, let me say that i have spent many hours (probably too many) flying google flight sim. I have experience with both airplanes and have made cross continental and cross oceanic flights using the f 16 (my aircraft of choice)
    Now, for those of you asking how to land the f 16 let me say that to fly it like a proper airplane takes a lot of patience, concentration, and no hesitancy.
    now for those still interested, please make sure u have a lot of time and distance still betweenyou and the runway. Also, make sure that you know what the runway vectors are or have an idea of where the line you need to go down is. When coming into an airport that I am unfamiliar with, I always do some prep work studying the area in terms of flying. I mark the ends of runways with paths (If you are a beginner, markers may be used but I highly recommend PATHS because they give you both the where the touchdown point of the runway is along with the direction of the runway making it easier for the runway to line up with your plane.) these can be added by clicking the top left icon htat says “Add” then by clicking “path.” now, i suggest you use a long runway at a major airport for obvious reasons that a longer runway will leave more room for tiny errors, or at least more than a short runway can. Now, before even start the flight, choose the runway you want to land at and mark two paths per runway. For each path set one end of the line at the place where you are supposed to touchdown (The ends with big white stripes) and set the other point AWAY from the runway out in the direction of travel on the runway. (AIrports will usually have A straight line of lights or arrows going out from the runway. Set the other point of your path as far as possible where the lights or arrows begin because the longer the line is, the easier the direction of the runway will be to find when you are lining up the aircraft.
    Now, Down to the actual flying. If you know how to manipulate your starting point so that you are at an altitude and facing the horizon in stead of the ground, then it willl be easier to learn from there. if not, take off normally and get to at least 5ooo feet in level flight. Now, coordinate your aircraft so that you are a couple miles away from your runway but are lined up so that you dont have to turn to land. (If you used PATHS, they are a godsend during this part) get your gear down now because when you are coming into final approach you will not have the time to lower gear.
    Now, after you have done all this, there is soemthing else that you need to understand about GE flight sim physics YOUR FLAPS DO NOT MAKE FALL TO THE GROUND. In the flight sim, your flaps trade lift for speed. so that if you set flaps at 100%, you will actually acheive more lift until your speed falls to stall levels and you crash altogether. IN a perfect landing, your planes stalls at the exact moment you hit the runway, however, the plane will tolerate a wide range of pseeds as long as the landing is SMOOTH. Ok so in final descent when you feel that your close enough, gradually set your flaps higher and higher compensating with an increase in thrust each time but still reducing your air speed. THis is why landing is hard, it is a balancing act. on final approach, I am making sure to keep the runway at 3 degress of the “real mark” (that is the upside down T sign NOT the ^ sign.) one hand should be on your mose making slight adjustments in pitch and keeping the wings level. The other hand should be on the thrust and flap controls since they are in proximity. Now, the first time you do this, you will probably crash but once you get this balancing act down, it will become very routine. Just glide the plane smoothly to the end of the runway and put it down softly.
    Now here are the hard numbers and tips:
    Remember the 3 Degree rule of the upside down T
    begin fnial approach at 5,000 feet above runway altitued (BE CAREFUL SINCE GROUND ALTITUDE IS NOT SHOWN ON YOUR CONTROL PANEL) for example in Denver, begin final approach at 10000 feet.
    At the beginning of final approach, you should be lined up with the runway, gears down, and flaps at 40 degrees, your speed should be above 28-0 knots but SLOWLY descreasing.
    The 100% flaps should be used only at the very and top prevent a speed stall before you are close to the ground.
    For the F16, a good conventional landing speed should be 160-170 knots. In an unusual or awkward landing try to achieve a landing speed of 200 knots if the runway allows. And in a very short runway the stall speed when you hit the runway should be around 120-150 knots. Note: runways shorter than a mile located in rural airports should not be attempted until you have a very firm grasp of both the aricraft and have studied the runway.
    (Remember if a short runway seems hard to land in because oyu keep crashing, try it from the other side or at another time. THere isnt a runway in the world i Havent been able to land at with practice.)
    NTO (normal take off) procedure
    For beginners, simply set your flasp at 40% (jsut trust me) and put you thrust at full power. if you put your mouse at the very bottom, you should acheive lift at around 210 knots with plenty of runway to sparea t any major airport
    STO (short take off) procedure
    Experts only, press the brake buttons like you would at landing, and the set maximum thrust WHILE STILL HOLDING BRAKES. once you hit fifty knots, let go of brakes and pray to god you get speed. Once you hit exactly 155 knots, quickly set your flaps to 100% (this shoudl give you enough lift if you put the mouse on the very bottom.) If you get the timing right, you should be in comfortable air just turn down flaps raise gear, and fly off in the big blue sky.
    OH, and make sure you dont stall too high before you hit mother earth xD
    Happy Jetting!

  95. I have the same joystick as Joe, Henry,and Jim and the same problem. When my Saitek AV8R-01 is connected GE stops and an error comes up.

  96. Hallo there,
    I’m using GE Flight Sim in GE 4.3 and I don’t get the
    airplane choosing box, so I have only the F16 to take. Is there a possibility to get the other one?

  97. idk whats going on, it doesnt let me enter the flight simulator. when i press cntrl+alt+A it just rotates the screen. but i dont enter flight mode =(
    does anyone know how to fix this? or know what the problem is?

  98. Similar to what Jim said above, I’ve already spent some time using the GE flight simulator and I have also already flown some transcontinental and tranpacific and transatlantic flights on GE.
    trivia: what I’ve observed is that the true flight times are halved in GE when you fly at around 510-520 knots (which is typically the cruising speed of jetliners. Eg: an 12-hour transpacific flight would take about 6 hrs to complete in GE.
    I would also like to share here the “landing manual” which I have compiled and have followed in each of my flights. Ever since I followed it, I never crash landed except for one time wherein I only forgot to deploy the gears.
    How to land
    >Make final approach from rwy threshold (rwy end) at 12-36kms.
    **Use the line tool to draw guidelines on the map before running the flight simulator**
    >Reduce speed to 200-220kts
    >Establish DESCENT RATE within -500 ft/min to -900 ft/min.
    >Assign height references for 12,24, and 36 km marks from the rwy end
    – at 36km from rwy end ~ you should fly at 6000ft
    – at 24km from rwy end ~ 4000ft
    – at 12km from rwy end ~ 2000ft
    **Deviate slightly from references, if necessary. Use “add placemarks” buttons to mark the said distances frm the rwy end**
    >Deploy gears at 2000-3500ft.
    >Maintain nose angle between 0-5.
    >At 1500-2000ft, establish descent rate of -600 to -800 ft/min. Reduce speed to 150-170kts. *170kts is seen as most appropriate
    >At 1000ft: 6km distance from threshold, 150-170kts speed, and 0-10 degree nose angle
    >Upon entering rwy threshold, establish nose angle value between 0-10 degrees.
    >Make sure the aircraft speed is above 150kts.
    >Maintain descent rate of 700-1100 ft/min
    Hope this helps..=D

    • Great advices mate. I just started this on 2015, but your advice is timeless. My question is, whats the max speed of the f16? I can`t take it over 650ish above 25 000ft. id like to fly high and fast, but i cant, I do accelerate going down, but good speeds (750 to 900 nots) are only achievable at about 15 to 25 000 ft.

      I sure would like the jet to have afterburners…

      Still I have a great time, flying over the world.


  99. please help me i changed the f16 configuration and i forgot how to put it back to normal. the speed of the aircraft now goes up to 10,200 knot and i want it to go back to normal.

  100. Arthur Hughes says

    I use a Saitek yoke and quadrant for GE flight sim. The yoke controls for flaps and breaking don’t work–have to resort to keyboard controls, making landing difficult. Middle (blue) lever on quadrant controls the rudder. But here’s the larger problem. If I connect Saitek pedals to yoke or directly into computer USB port Google Earth always crashes. Any suggestions on how to get pedals to work in GE flight sim?
    Another problem: unless you use the mouse every minute or so, monitor goes blank and the only way to get it back is clicking the mouse, during which time the plane is likely to spiral.

  101. how do you take off?

  102. can you change views?

  103. This simulator feature really rules!!! Love it
    It worked out fine for me for the first few tries at it.
    My first problem I encountered was that after a couple of turns at it, and switching monitors to a larger one(a LCD TV in fact!!!), part of the throttle\aileron\elevator\rudder position display box was beneath the screen, which meant that I couldn’t see the aileron’s position. Any suggestions?

  104. I also encountered that problem with a fairly large flat screen computer monitor. There isn’t much to be done, I think, except to press the “alt+arrow up/arrow down” to make the view of the screen either go up or down a little. Doing so would enable you to see them, although your view ahead would be somewhat tilted.

  105. regarding the problem that Joe, Henry and Jim talked about: “Saitek AV8R-01 is connected GE stops and an error comes up.”
    When I got the Saitek AV8R-01 out of the box and plugged the USB connector into the computer, the joystick worked great without problems. However, after loading the Saitek software and configuring the controller to operate the flaps and gear, Google earth would crash as soon as I selected the “start flight” button. I cleared the profile, deleted the software and assumed that I had the controller back to the default settings, but the problem still persists. Anybody have any ideas?

  106. I can’t see any letters, so I can’t tell whether or not my gears are on, and I can’t see the numbers 8 and 9. Someone help please.

  107. It would be more fun if there were a passenger plane.

  108. You can land a SSR22 easily but I’ve only landed an F16 once in the Great Plains

  109. How to land:
    Put the arrow thingy just near -5
    Slow down (Page Down) half
    Press the F keyboard button until on the screen it says flaps 100%
    Press G and the landing gear will turn on
    Keep that arrow near -5!
    Slow down FULLY
    Keep it near -5
    DO NOT press G again.
    When your plane hits the ground and starts rolling just go do something for say 5 mins then check on the plane it should of stopped moving.
    Remember, this takes practice!
    From, Anonomyous

  110. You could try using the brakes, comma and period keys.

  111. GoogleEarthSmartBoy says

    How to stop a plane
    Press and hold the comma and period button until you stop and when it’s stop. You can taxi to the gate to have a flight come on
    From, Nameless
    P.S. Never leave your plane having decreasing speed slowy due to make a overrun.

  112. GoogleEarthSmartBoy says

    How to take off with the both aircrafts on flight simulator:
    1. Push the throttle to full by pressing the PageDown key.
    2. If you don’t want to have flaps on the aircraft. For the F16 when the plane reaches 200 knots, you can press the down key to let the elevator tabs go for take off.
    3. Press F until it says flaps 100% if you want.
    4. Now you are flying.
    From, Nameless
    P.S. Do NOT let the plane increasing speed and not lifting off from the runway.

  113. Holy Dingus says

    I have a macbook and a logitech extreme 3d pro. THE THROTTLE AND THE RUDDER ARE SWAPPED AND SINCE IT’S A MAC I CANT FIGURE IT OUT!!! Someone please follow up.
    Thanks, Holy Dingus

  114. Looks cool, but can’t take off?
    How to?

  115. You can find some really cool photos of airplanes and alot more caught with google earth with
    I hope your enjoy 😉

  116. I have done small flights with the F16 but cant go that fast so any longer flights take ages!
    What is the fastest you can get the F16 on a level trajectory? And whats this afterburner thingy, Does it exist, and how do you use it?

  117. I cannot take off on the flight simulator. I make it so the mouse is the cross-hair +. I hold down the page up button. Nothing happens. Is there something I’m doing wrong? Do I need to do something different on a mac?

  118. Christopher says

    To all of you who are trying to take off on a mac: Once you have figured out how to get the throttle up and down push it up and hit the space bar. The flight sim is paused until you hit the space bar.

  119. I fly this sim on a Mac and use the mouse for a joystick. Lots of success so far. HUGE QUESTION: I have many hours flying model airplanes so I really understand flight and flight control. Moving the mouse to the left makes the plane role right????. This CAN NOT be correct. Up and down is correct. Can someone explain this and suggest a fix.

  120. The mouse uses the same cfg file as the keyboard and left should bank left.
    What happens when you use the left/right arrow keys? If it’s the same, maybe the cfg file needs to be changed for the Mac. It works fine on my PC trackball.

  121. Please recommand which joystick is the best for GE. Must easy to setup

  122. I have a Saitek P3200 Rumble with will not work with Flight Simulator. Everytime you try and run from tools or Ctrl A+A it crashes. If I untick the joystick enable it works but obviously without the gampad working.
    Are there any fixes for this? I have the latest drivers installed.

  123. i see the numbers of the HUD but only VERY faint lines – so faint i thought the weren’t there at first. How can i rectify this?

  124. One of the config files has the colour and width of the lines displayed. You could look in the folder in the path below for the file and edit the parameters and see how you go. There’s one each for the SR22 and F16. Make a copy of the files before editing and note the original values in case you need to back up.
    C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleEarth\res\flightsim\hud

  125. Dick Ernst says

    How do I set up my Logitech Extreme 3D Pro joystick to operate with the Google Earth flight simulator?

  126. Very cool, but so difficult. Crashing al the time. Need more practice.

  127. Hi Dick,
    i used the Logitech Extreme 3D Pro joystick. But don’t use it any more. Controlling it by keybord is way better in my experience.

  128. Hi,
    To all those who are dreaming about FSX coupled with Google Earth as a scenery engine, be sure to check this out:

  129. I do not have or cannot find how to obtain the Heading display on the HUD. It’s just plain missing… Pretty hard to navigate without it.

  130. Saitek AV8R problems: Has anybody found a solution to the crashing problem??? I find it odd that GE or Saitek has not addressed the problem where there are so many complaints.

  131. If you are using the Saitek controller and it crashes when you launch…..UNPLUG the RUDDER PEDAL and it will work fine. Throttle still works and auto rudder seems to control yaw!

  132. Triple, to get the heading to display you either need to change your screen resolution or alter the values in the cfg file to bring it lower down on the screen. It should be in:
    C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleEarth\res\flightsim\hud
    There is a cfg for each of the aircraft. Keep a copy of the original in case you botch things up but it’s a lot of fun customising the placement of the various elements displayed. There are examples in this or some of the other Fsim threads.

  133. how do you make the plane take off on a Mac laptop?? No one seems to have the answer to this. Fn + the up arrow doesn’t work

  134. So cool to explore the (real) world like this. Very smooth control, difficult but with some practice (after reading the instruction) good to do. Only had some trouble landing with sidewind.

  135. Does anyone know how to turn of the night sky when doing loops? I used to see the sun when pointing straight up in the middle of a loop, but now it briefly changes to night then back to daytime at the bottom of the loop.
    Thank You

  136. So cool that google made an Flightsimulator in Google Earth. Love the F16!

  137. Didn’t know about this cool game from Google. years ago I was playing flight simulator all the time. Google Earth Flight is really cool and very complete.

  138. Ubuwarrior says

    Hello, one small tip for flight simulator to go with enabling buildings in flight simulator, whilst there enable weather, but only the clouds disable radar and information otherwise it looks wierd, you can also enable the roads if you want to use it as an information tool as well as being fun

  139. ok i downloaded the bf 106 plane and now it wont get off my screen ive tried deleting it and everything it wont go away ive trying deleting google earth and downloading it again it wont go away help me get this off…..

  140. I got the Thrustmaster Hotas X, but i can’t use flaps, gear etc. i only can accelerate and turn, lift etc. Can i set the Controls anywhere?

  141. Hello:
    I am wondering if anyone has come up with a fix or solution to enable the use of the Saitek AV8R-01 with GE Flight Simulator? It is a nice stick and a great flight and I’d like to use them together, but like others in this forum GEFS shuts down instantly when this joystick is enabled.
    Any help or information would be much appreciated.
    Thank You,

  142. I just accidentally found the coolest tool for flight sim. If you create a route in Street Atlas and export as a gpx, when you open it in GE it is useless as a automobile route because it just puts a straight line from point to point in GE. But, this straight line is a perfect flight path for flight sim to use from airport to airport.

  143. The F16 has a suspension that an all terrain vihicle would envy. It makes it possible to take off in both directions from (the roller coaster) Courchevel aiport in France. You must pull your wheels up immidiatly and in the uphill direction wait untill you are over a canyon. What I dont know is why my speed is limited to around 350 knots unless losing altitude.

  144. I must pass this link onto my son-in-law who is an aeronautical engineer. This seems like something he’s really be interested in. Google is amazing.

  145. Can anyone tell me if the speed of the F 16 is in km/h ? mph ? or knot ????

  146. Hey how do you make the buildings stand up ? On my version everything is just flat. =I
    Plz help, thx

  147. Can any one tell me what add ons I need to make the joystick work propperly, my sun loves the flight simulator but the joy stick does not work propperly,, thanks

  148. Is it possible to view the plane flying? i dont like the windshield view… Thanks

  149. You can display an image to the left,right or flying ahead, or a tail mounted camera image, in the same way as the cockpit images. Side on images are easy to find on the web and work fine but images of a plane flying ahead are harder to find.
    I captured some tail mounted camera images from PVR recordings of the Redbull air races and use them including various aircraft and helicopters from documentary series. HD recordings are best.
    You need something like KMLScreenOverlayMaker to create the KML file to display the views you want to use. It’s easy to do and there is info on doing it in other FS threads here on Google Earth Blog.

  150. To land in the SR22:
    – Press “F” to lower the flaps to 100%
    – Begin gently pulling the nose up and start slowly decreasing your speed
    – Keep the nose up at all times so you don’t crash
    – When you touch the ground with your rear wheels, gently bring the nose down
    – Hold the throttle down key (Page Down) and both comma and period- these are the brakes.
    Note that the SR22 may easily skid out of control during landings. It’s easier just to accept that you’re going to either miss the runway altogether, or skid off, or over-run it. I actually just land wherever I can.
    The F-16 IS much harder. It’s very hard to land in it.
    Cool Feature: Gently glide into the water if you can. If you’re lucky, you can go UNDERWATER. Just make sure you don’t hit the purple seabed.

  151. For underwater work you can get images of underwater sleds from the manufacturers websites to display instead of the cockpit/aircraft views.

  152. Remember to press the “5” if you can’t control the plane becouse it is tilting in all directions. When pressed, the statics or uhmm the directions centered, so they stop turning or rolling.

  153. The best trick for me has been to keep the rudder indicator (inverted T) as close to being on top of the start of the runway as possible. From a long way off you’ll see it controls your descent and you’ll land right on the mark

  154. Just curious: what are you using to drive the flight dynamics?

  155. Hey Guys
    Does anyone know how to import 3D buildings into Google Earth Flight Simulator?

  156. Hi guys.
    I’am playing with keyboard, but want to play with joystick. How to install, can’t move plane forward.

  157. My “Page Up” button wont let it go foward, no matter how many times I try it. Someone please help me. I’m at the JFK Airport in NY and it won’t go foward

  158. I modded the f 16 using the flightsim/aircraft/f16.acf
    File changed fmax to990e99 and went 5500 kts
    If any of you guys want o use a more realistic flight
    Sim I suggest trying the free one at
    I still like the feature on google earth

  159. How am I just now finding out about this? Answer: I need to either get out more or stay in more. Hmm… *le chin scratch*

  160. I cant get it to work

  161. How could i change the setting so buttons 2345 on my logitech attack 3 joystick controled the looking direction, 10,11 controlled flaps, 1 centered everything, and 8, 9 controlled brakes with 7 controlling gear?
    if someone cold tell me how to do it or edit the codes themselves i would be much obliged

  162. I just stumbled across this blog. I can’t believe I have not heard about the Google Earth Flight Simulator before. Another amazing feature from Google.

  163. Anybody knows if there´s some sound available??

  164. How do you look from behind the aircraft?

  165. I like this simulator games. sour play again.

  166. That was so amazing

  167. Juergen Hans Kuehn says

    Lately I have been unable to tame the monsters in FSX on landing. F2 and don’t seem to work. What is the solution?

  168. Nice feature to have and play at work while you bored but I still prefer a more realistic flight simulator like pro flight simulator 2011.

  169. Good video

  170. Suddenly the font and graphic of the instruments HUD (heads up display) of my ‘Google Flight Simulator’ became too big and the bars that show throttle, rudder, elevator (on the bottom left)… just disappeared. It only shows flaps % and gear. Seems like I zoomed in the screen during GFS! Probably I hit a key or combination that caused it but I’m not sure. I’m unable to go back the way it was before. Any help there?

  171. Not trying to put anybody on but this blog carries a name that resembles to belong to Google Earth (Corporation), which I think, is one of the most amazing tools available to us thru the internet. But I see that most of the comments and question posted here goes blank, without any answer! We patronize the blog and we need some feedback. The answers or comments could be posted in a link inside the same box of the pertaining question. It would be great, because some people do have the same doubts and wouldn’t need to right it again. The blog would have more hits and the publicity exposed on the page too. The way it is now it is a waste of time to come here. No wonder the visits to the page are a few of what it was in the beginning. Thanks!

  172. I also like this flight simulator feature!

  173. Schoenen, I like that feature too.

  174. How do you change views?

  175. Landing the SR22
    Airport setup:
    Place a pushpin in the center of the runway named: Airport name, Runway headings, Airport elevation, & runway length. EX Orlando 18-36 EL119 >11 (greater than 11,000 feet)
    Using the ruler path, outline the runway and name it: Airport name, Runway headings.
    SR22 Approach:
    Straight in approach to the airport. Level flight at about 2000′ AGL. When the airport marker crosses the -5 line on the HUD, kill the power. Hold the nose on the horizon until the airspeed drops to about 110kts. Lower the nose to the -5 line on the HUD. Hold the nose between the airport marker and the -5 line on the HUD. At 1000′ AGL lower the flaps one click per second holding the nose in place. As the end of the runway gets closer hold the nose halfway between the end of the runway and the marker. Flare as you cross the end of the runway but do not raise the nose above the far end of the runway.
    This approach works for all AGL altitudes up to 6 or 7 thousand feet.

  176. Landing the SR22
    Airport setup:
    Place a pushpin at the midpoint of the runway, centered on the runway. Name it: Airport name, Runway headings, Airport elevation, & runway length. EX San Angelo 14-32 EL157 3255 (Below 4000′ you need to know the exact length) Using the ruler path, outline the runway and name it: Airport name, Runway headings.
    SR22 Pattern Approach:
    Approach the airport in level flight at about 2000′ AGL toward the airport marker. When the marker crosses the -10 line on the HUD make a standard right (or left) turn to the runway heading maintaining altitude. Once on the heading, kill the power. Lower the nose to the -5 line on the HUD and hold it there until the altitude reaches 1000′ AGL. Then power on 4 clicks, level out and make a standard left (or right) turn to the reverse runway heading. Watch for the runway as you complete the turn. Make alignment corrections as needed for runway alignment. Kill the power when the marker crosses the -5 line on the HUD. Lower the nose to the -5 line on the HUD. Hold the nose between the airport marker and the -5 line on the HUD. Lower the flaps one click per second holding the nose in place. As the end of the runway gets closer hold the nose halfway between the end of the runway and the marker. Flare as you cross the end of the runway but do not raise the nose above the far end of the runway.

  177. Standard turn:
    Bank the SR22 to the third mark (the long one) on the bank indicator on the HUD and hold it there, maintaining the plane’s attitude, until 10 degrees before your desired compass heading. Then roll out to your desired compass heading.

  178. joao neto,
    The throttle/rudder indicators disappeared with the latest upgrade of GEFS. I wrote to the Google Earth people and they gave me a URL to back level GEFS. I guess this is the new display. At any rate, 4 throttle clicks from full off or 4 clicks from full on will get you to about normal, 135Kts.

  179. Re the Q. Any sound available?. I have added sound as follows. You need a program called ‘Enviro’ (Freeware from the net. It works with FS9) It contains audio boxes which can be mapped to desktop buttons. Copy one of the ‘wav’ files from, say, the Cessna 172, into one of the spare boxes and map a button to it. Same can be done for a Jet sound. The sound is the same all the time, of course, i.e. no accelleration, but, better than nothing. Hope this helps. Ted

  180. The throttle/rudder indicators vanished on your own active improve of GEFS. I circulated with your Google Planet people and so they typically filled myself on a Address to back level GEFS. I guess this might be new program. No less than, 4 restrict clicks from rich in or 4 clicks from perfect probably get you to surely regarding typical, 135Kts.

  181. Under properties for your pushpin, click on the altitude tab and enter something like 1000m(relative to ground) or so at each end of the runway.

  182. When approaching an airport at any altitude: When the -5 degree line on the HUD crosses the runway midpoint, you can kill the power and glide to the runway. No need for pushpin markers. Also outlining the runway with the ruler “Path” will make it easier to land on the runway.

  183. Bank the SR22 to the third mark (the long one) on the bank indicator on the HUD and hold it there, maintaining the plane’s attitude, until 10 degrees before your desired compass heading. Then roll out to your desired compass heading.

  184. I want to thank you for this useful study, I really appreciate giving this excellent publish. Keep up your work

  185. Opened the simulator on a PC, but up arrow wont move it forward? What am i doing wrong?

  186. joe schmo says

    WRONG keyboard control is best, you can use the “C” button to center your turns so your not all over the place, much better than shitty mouse control 😛

  187. Landing the F-16
    Approx 10 miles from destination airport:
    Approach @ 300kts @ 3,000 AGL, 1 click of power & 40% flap, lined up with runway
    Maintain 300kts
    When the runway near end crosses the -5 attitude bar,
    kill power, add full flaps (one click per second)
    (Pure glider at this time)
    Establish and Maintain a -5 degree decent or runway midpoint alignment
    Maintain runway alignment
    Gear down at 250kts
    VSI will be -2600 to -3600 during decent
    Flare as you cross runway near end
    (not more that -500VSI at touchdown)
    Move chevron to runway far end and land

  188. Hi — how to flip joystick controls on a Mac? Thx!

  189. heyderelol says

    The flight simulator does not work for me in firefox 40.0.3 i have google earth installed correctly and everything is working, but the simulator freezes immediately when i open it. i have windows ten. plz help!

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